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Outdoor Training 2011

The Adult's Class and Children's class, all gathered up at Baker Street Station 9:30am, on the 5th June. For some, it was their very first time to attend the Tohyama Dojo Outdoor Training. You could see that everybody was excited. Some seemed they could not keep still and wanted to head for Regents Park straight away. I was also looking forward to this day, where for once a year, the whole Dojo gets together in open space under the sky and concentrate on Karate for the whole day. The weather forecast for the day was not in our favor, but no one was concerned.

A Nice Stroll Around Paris

At the end of April, Tohyama-Sensei went to attend an international Kyokushin tournament in Paris (Bercy). This visit coincided with mine: I was interviewing for a future job in my hometown. Sensei informed me that he would be in town and we decided to catch up and enjoy being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

I had the pleasure to welcome Sensei as he got off the train and after dropping his personal items at his hotel we started our little visit. We were lucky to have a very sunny and warm weather all through the day.

Internal Kata Tournament 4

If I could summarise this tournament in a few words, it would be the joy of watching growth - the growth of our dojo members and the growth of the tournament itself.

For most families of dojo members, the tournament may be the only opportunity to witness how much their children have improved in Karate. It was amazing to see someone who could not perform even a basic kata a few years ago showing great improvement.

The group of green belt teenagers were impressive, too. Despite the unexpected instruction given at the tournament, they performed well with a good spirit.

My Tournament Experience

"Tournament is like life. You either do it or not - this is the only thing you can choose to do. The rest - date, judges, opponents, venue - are all chosen for you." - Sensei Shuji Tohyama.

Once I have stepped in the Dojo May 2009, I knew it was my place. It's not that I haven't done Martial Sports before; this was my first Martial Arts Experience. I've started to developed skills that have complimented my inner self: focus, discipline, psychological strength and development, determination and control. A year on I am just starting to understand the beautiful meanings of all the above.

Outdoor Training 2010

What a great day out we had again. For the third year running the members of Toyama Sensei's dojo gathered in Regents Park to do a six hour outdoor training.

The day kicked off with a fresh morning run from 10am. I had an easy start because of an injury, and watched from the sideline how my fellow dojo members braved the large damp field and ran an average of seven laps - and believe me, it isn't a joy to be a bystander; I felt envious because I wanted to be part of the whole experience.

After the warm up - a good start to a day that was colder than previous outdoor trainings - the adults